Kern County residents overwhelmingly voted to bar Los Angeles from sending its sewage sludge north for use as a fertilizer. Approval of the measure, which was passed by 85 percent of voters Tuesday, disappointed but did not surprise Los Angeles officials. Most rural Kern County residents abhor the thought of metropolitan Los Angeles spreading 750 tons per day of treated human waste on farmland, and Measure E was expected to pass with overwhelming support. The ban should to take effect in six months. Los Angeles now spends $7 million a year to truck its sludge to Kern County. It could cost the city up to $21 million more per year to truck its sludge to Arizona. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Los Angeles is evaluating its options, according to the Department of Public Works, which had defended the use of treated sewage sludge, or biosolids, as safe and responsible. California Senator Dean Florez, who led the campaign to ban L.A. biosolids, said the Kern vote was common sense. “Voters here came to the correct conclusion that if sludge was good for people, Southern California communities wouldn’t be clamoring to send it north to us.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!